Repair costs 01 LX

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May 5, 2019
Los Angeles
Located an 01 LX with 200k. Timing belt done 10k ago. Prepurchase mechanic recommends
1. Replace leaking front boots $1400
2. Leaking front shocks $830
3. Leaking rear shocks $1100
4. Right front hub $800.

Zero rust. 9/10 interior $7500.
Prices from indie mechanic.
Repair seems high to me. Yes? No?
Any guidance appreciated.
Those prices are very high.

IF boots are leaking, just replace axles with boots included for same labor costs.
I had one AHC shock replaced for $130 for the shock and $200 labor. Of course not in a high cost of living city like LA.
This shop just figured I'd pay it. Lots of clowns do. I can hunt around and find cheaper Toyota indie. They were like...we can short everything out for 5k. Just leave it.
Buy the LX.

Bring your LX to Steve at RPM in Monrovia.
Why get a mechanic? Do it yourself on a weekend. There are tutorial/walk throughs on the inter webs that you can read/view before you dive in to get an idea if it seems to difficult for ya. In my experience those things you listed aren’t difficult but rather fun. In the end you will have learned more about your LX.
One of my front AHC shocks was seeping when I bought it. Getting the AHC pressure in spec made the seep go away.
What in the heck was the mechanic smoking? Whatever it was, stay away from it and him.

As already posted, buy it and do it yourself. Ain't rocket science.
As others have said above, buy it and absolutely find a NEW MECHANIC! That guy is criminal. For $1400, you better be getting brand new OEM CVs on both sides with new drive flanges and hardware. Even then, the price is on the high side. That is "shakedown" money he's trying to charge you. Reminds of the scene in Vacation after Chevy Chase jumps the Family Truckster: he asks the mechanic how much he owes and the mechanic says "how much you got?"....

I want to revise my answer to buy it and do all the work yourself. If you plan on doing any kind of wheeling you're going to want to know whats under you and how it works or at least how it goes on in-case you need to make some field repairs to limp out. The beauty of doing the work yourself on these kinds of trucks is the initial investment is very low, so there is a lot of room to really make it your own.

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